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Man Utd, Leicester open Premier League 2018-19 season

The 2018/19 season of the English Premier League will today kick off with two former champions, Manchester United and Leicester City aiming to start on a winning note.

The Old Trafford outfit who have won the Premier League title a record 8 times will square it up against the 2015-16 surprise league winners, Leicester City today.

The Red Devils coached by Jose Mourinho have had a non-impressive pre-season with the Portuguese admitting that it will be difficult for his side to compete this season amidst his inability to secure the services of certain players except for Fred.

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful Manchester United can build a team around Paul Pogba who is reported to have broken all relations with Coach José Mourinho.

The French international was very good for his country in this summer’s World Cup, but has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, only netting ten goals in that competition and being dropped by the Special One earlier this year.

Another United legend, Paul Scholes also believes his former team lacks the quality to compete for the Premier League.

According to British reports, Mourinho has asked the board to give him the players he needed. The club failed in their approach to sign Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin as well as Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder, Axel Witse.

There were attempts to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich but the defender declined the offer on the basis that he does not think they can win the Champions League this season.

In the same vein, Leicester City manager, Claude Puel has insisted he cannot change his squad so late in the transfer window, and a potential world-record bid for Harry Maguire would be rejected while finalising signing of defender Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb.

As at press time, the Foxes are close to agreeing a deal with Fenerbahce for striker Islam Slimani.

It will be noted that prior to today’s game, both teams have played 10 games with Manchester United winning 6, drawing 3 games and losing just one match.

Alexis Sanchez has declared the opener against Leicester as a “must-win” game for Manchester United which will kick off today by 8pm local time

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